New Year, New Challenge!

2017 started at midnight of December 31st on the summit of Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons, singing Auld Lang Syne in the wind and rain with 50+ other hikers who had also made the journey up. Start the New Year as we mean to go on was our motto. The adventure wasn’t without it’s challenges,…

End of the year, end of another challenge!

Since finishing my longest ever bike ride in May 2016 from Pontypridd (South Wales) to Chamonix in the French Alps I fell into a bit of a ‘what do I do now?’ hole that was pretty difficult to get out of.  It’s a common feeling – a bit of a sense of emptiness after dedicating…

Cycleogical Q and A from WAEXPO16

Wow! What a day! It’s the morning after the day before and I’m still buzzing from the second Women’s Adventure Expo held in Bristol. Last year, the event inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and ride my little Alpinestars bike further than I’d ever ridden before. I was privileged to be asked along…

New cafe on the block

It’s been a while since I went out for a blast on my old Alpinestars, so this weekend I dusted it off, pumped up the tyres and went for a little spin down the Taff Trail. I feel really lucky to live close to the trail which is National Route 8 of the Sustrans network…

Mountain Bike Heaven

Last weekend I was up in Warwickshire, making a special visit to a very unique mountain bike get together called the Iconoclassic. We trundled up in the campervan the night before and stopped in on my folks nearby, utilising the expertise of my dad to make a new fixing for the bike rack. The old Alpinestars…

Off to the Icon-o-classic

I’m just a few days away from heading up to Warwick, England for my first experience of the Icon-o-Classic this Sunday. This is a one day event that celebrates Mountain Bikes born before 1995.  I wasn’t able to make it along last year due to a clash of commitments,  but this year I’ll be taking…

5 things NOT to do on a long distance bike ride

6 weeks have passed since finishing my long distance bike ride from Pontypridd (South Wales) to Chamonix (French Alps) and it already feels like a lifetime ago. Now I’m back into the hum drum of everyday life I’m wishing I was back on my bike but I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on…

Don’t miss the Womens Adventure Expo!

As I was surfing social media last year I came across a Twitter post that mentioned the Women’s Adventure Expo, something I’d never heard of before. After a bit of browsing on their website, it became clear that it was going to be a jam-packed day of talks and workshops, all led by a hugely…

Cycling to the Alps by numbers

One week ago today I rolled down the drive to my sisters house in Chamonix, France after cycling from my own house in Pontypridd,  South Wales. It was an amazing adventure, and to help ease myself back into everyday life I thought I’d do a blog post by numbers to keep the adventure alive. So…

Alpinestars to the Alps Thankyous

This is just a quick blog post to say a few thanks to some key people who have made this trip possible. Firstly, a huge thanks to Emma Timmis for loaning me her bike, tent and pannier bags. Her bike, Bertha, was an essential backup for BikeyMcBikeFace (my Alpinestars) which I’ve now owned for 23…

Bonneville to Chamonix – last day!

I woke up on Saturday and couldn’t quite believe it was my last day. I’ve no idea where the past week had gone. The night before I’d done final route planning and gave my Alpinestars a good clean. The last leg into Chamonix wouldn’t be straightforward as the most direct route was for cars only….

St Claude to Bonneville

Well what a difference a day makes. Woke up in St Claude pretty early in the morning on Friday. I think my anxiety of what lay ahead acted as my alarm clock. The route planning had been done and decision made about which way I needed to go to get towards Geneva and into Switzerland….